Never My Thirst by Alessia Verdi

Is pure evil sufficient to explain murder? Or does there always have to be something more?

George Luker murdered seven women. He bled them to death then drank their blood. Ten years ago he was committed for life to a psychiatric prison. He has never spoken.

Rachel Westlake, slowly recovering from a catastrophic nervous breakdown, is hiding away in her old home town writing simple pieces for the local paper. Until she agrees to write an article about the Broxham Bloodsucker.

Luker reads it. He asks to meet the writer. Suddenly he is ready to talk.

He tells her he is not an evil man. He tells her he is cursed, a vampire doomed to an endless life without love but an uncontrollable lust for blood. She does not believe him.

The mind reading is just a trick. The erotic dreams mean nothing. Luker is gorgeous but he is a crazy serial killer. The evidence is clear -- or is it?

Rachel is determined to find the truth. She just may not be strong enough to handle it.


  • Classification: Moderate
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  • First submitted Jan. 26, 2010
  • Last updated Jan. 26, 2010
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  • VonAngel's avatar
    VonAngel wrote 2 years, 10 months ago

    Only made it through the first 2 chapters [for now], Alessia (beautiful name, btw), but I'm loving it!

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    Bill Scott wrote 3 years, 10 months ago
    The blonde, dare I say wig, avi drew me in. :) I take notes when I read and just mention the things that cause me to pause, in hopes that they will help you polish your manuscript and get it published. I enjoyed this vey much. Here are a couple things that you may want to address in the first 2 chapters. The voice is so fresh, you might want to rethink "threw way the key" a bit cliche. The ...
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  • RichardBard's avatar
    RichardBard wrote 4 years ago
    Hi Alessia! Since you haven’t been to Authonomy for a while, I hope it’s okay that I’m sending this through your book comment: I’d like to thank you for backing BRAINRUSH (a Thriller) last year. Because of you it hit the Authonomy Number-1 slot, attracted an agent, and landed a film option. Now that’s a brain-rush! The formal book launch is September 1st and the sequel will be released in December. None of this would have been possible without your ...
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    billysunday [Retired] wrote 4 years, 6 months ago
    Great crime story. Really like George, the wanna-be vampire who syphons the blood out of his victims. Will look up the word exsanguination but context makes me think it has to do with draining someone of their blood. Like the mystery you set up. Only criticism is the chapter's length/format. My suggestion would be to write one chapter about the reporter and then another chapter about George, etc. Easier to follow b/c its segmented. But loved the story and would ...
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    billysunday [Retired] wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Great hook. Love vampires. Backed and ready to read. You might like my Halo of the Damned-it has some vampire scenes. Dina

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    SammySutton wrote 5 years ago
    Gripping! Your style is very effective Slow, Methodical, Detailed...It Works! As Rachel mulls over the details it lures me into the story. Her character's personality offers the perfect device. Her own past , even present mental shakiness does make this a little like 'Silence of the Lambs'. However, your story has some seductive components, which makes a more interesting perpetrator. I am going to keep it in my WL to finish reading. I don't do that often. Great Job! Backed! ...
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    ccb1 wrote 5 years ago

    Bakced Never My Thirst. We love this sort of stuff! Rachel is a well developed character who’s turning out to be quite a detetective. The Blood Sucker has us hooked because we just finished an adult fiction with vampires!
    CC Brown
    Dark Side

  • ccb1's avatar
    ccb1 wrote 5 years ago

    Bakced Never My Thirst. We love this sort of stuff! Rachel is a well developed character who’s turning out to be quite a detetective. The Blood Sucker has us hooked because we just finished an adult fiction with vampires!
    CC Brown
    Dark Side

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    sarezy_darezy wrote 5 years ago

    Dear Ms. Verdi:

    Wow....I stayed up until 2 in the morning just to finish reading your story. And I have to say that it was completely worth it. You put such a fascinating twist on the vampire genre by giving Luker that empathetic and compassionate streak. It is so much more than a vampire story. That cliffhanger at the end- is there going to be a sequel at all?

    Backed,
    Sarah

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    Shubie [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    Chapter four: far too absorbed to find even one tiny nitpick. Some writers manage to plunder your head. I wish they wouldn't - it's private.....
    Looking forward to more.

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    Shubie [Retired] wrote 5 years ago
    Chapter one looking good. Difficult to find much to nitpick! I could only come up with "Stop it Don" - now I don't know whether this is right or not but felt sure that when referring to someone by name in dialogue, the name should be separated by a comma "Stop it, Don" - but I could be wrong. You'd have to ask an expert. 'Beyond calculable value' - now I liked 'calculable value' and it's something i would have ...
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  • nsllee's avatar
    nsllee wrote 5 years ago

    Hi Alessia

    I'm not keen on either vampire or serial killer stories, but you somehow managed to keep me hooked with your opening - a sympathetic heroine, a convincing milieu and a mesmeric antihero - riveting. Backed.

    Nicole
    Chosen

  • Barry Wenlock's avatar
    Barry Wenlock wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Hi Alessia, You write well and I was happy to read all of chapter one, which is quite long but really gets us on with the tale. The intro in the editor's office was a good way to introduce the story and hint at the trouble ahead. Then, we hear the shocking story of Luker and his seven victims. Good character--I like Rachel already and you also describe her breakdown, which will no doubt figure again later. No complaints at ...
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    GodLover wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    WOW!
    I loved the story line, but I really don't think that it ends right. The ending seems almost rushed, forced in a way.
    LUVED all other parts. Your writing technique is superb.
    Katherine
    (Ur on my watchlist!!!)

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    Alessia Verdi Author wrote 5 years, 3 months ago
    [QUOTE] This is excellent! The only suggestion I would make is the................. only needs to be . . . and also watch with how you tag that dialogue. No need for the adverbs in there. Usually it's best to just do a "he said" or a "He nodded. (as opposed to he said nodding sagely" (which would need a comma after he said anyway). Even a "he said, nodding." might be okay, if you think it adds to the flow ...
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    Becca wrote 5 years, 3 months ago
    This is excellent! The only suggestion I would make is the................. only needs to be . . . and also watch with how you tag that dialogue. No need for the adverbs in there. Usually it's best to just do a "he said" or a "He nodded. (as opposed to he said nodding sagely" (which would need a comma after he said anyway). Even a "he said, nodding." might be okay, if you think it adds to the flow of ...
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  • A Knight's avatar
    A Knight wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Almost from the start you write with an air of subtle mystery and increasing tension that leaves the reader desperate for more. Punchy, gritty prose draws is in, and a fabulous cast of characters lend realism and humanity with brilliant and realistic dialogue.

    What more could I ask for?

    Backed with pleasure.
    Abi xxx

  • Euphemus's avatar
    Euphemus wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Hello Alessia,
    This is a very special book and professionally written. I was captivated from the start.
    The story-line is unique among the many vampire style stories. You have a very agile imagination and can put your thoughts into words so well. I will back your book and sincerely hope it goes well.
    David (Flawless Murder)

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    Esrevinu [Retired] wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    You have a flair for building tension that explodes off the page, and creating action that propels the story forward.
    Great storytelling
    Scott
    The Esrevinu Chronicles/Secrets of the Elephant Rocks